Homeless man wins $200,000 from lottery ticket

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By: Aarav Sen 

A homeless man will no longer be homeless after winning a lottery ticket.

The Greenville man living in a rescue mission in disgrace, said that he now has the opportunity to purchase a new home after winning $200,000.

South Carolina Education Lottery officials said that the man bought a $10 scratch-off ticket that revealed that he was a winner.

The man told lottery officials that he has lived in Greenville all his life, and used to do construction work, but after hitting on some hard times, he has been living in the rescue mission.

"I went to the rescue mission to get my life together," he told lottery officials.

He bought the winning ticket at Simons Liquors Inc. on West Washington Street, and said he jumped, screamed and smiled at the winning numbers. His brother took him to Columbia Thursday morning, to collect his winnings.

"To see someone you know, who does not have a penny in his pocket suddenly get $200,000 - is pretty
unbelievable,” Simon Sfeir said.

Sfeir is the owner of the store and said he has never seen anyone win $200,000.

"He came in and bought a $10 ticket and a $5 ticket," Sfeir said. "He needed it more than anyone. He lives in the rescue mission."

There are two winning tickets left in The Color of Money game. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 440,000.

For selling the winning ticket, Simons Liquors received a commission of $2,000.